Sleep Apnea and Seasonal Allergies

Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? You are not alone. Many people have to deal with the unpleasantness of allergy symptoms in the early spring, which can interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Allergies can be even worse for people who suffer from sleep apnea, since your airway is already compromised during sleep. A lot of allergy symptoms tend to worsen and cause nasal congestion, which can dry your mouth out or block your airway. Not a good thing with sleep apnea, especially if you use a CPAP machine to help you sleep at night.

Luckily there are a few things you can do to help give some relief to your symptoms so you can sleep better at night. Here are a few tips:

Take advantage of humidification: As great as the CPAP is for helping you sleep, it can also dry out your nasal passages, which can be extremely uncomfortable and worsen your allergy symptoms. Using a humidifier with your CPAP can help to keep your airway moist enough to promote proper breathing during sleep.

Keep your CPAP mask in great condition: Make sure you are cleaning your CPAP mask and other parts on a regular basis. Sleeping in a dirty mask will only spread bacteria and germs through your airway as you sleep and make your allergies worse. Also, if your CPAP has a filter, make sure that it is changed on a regular basis as well.

Take some medications to help relieve your symptoms: Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before bed can help to alleviate allergy symptoms and help you sleep better at night. But if you are using CPAP therapy to sleep, make sure you clear this with your doctor first.

Be mindful of your sleeping environment: If the pollen outside is particularly strong and bothering your allergies, don’t sleep with your windows open as this will only make your symptoms worse. Keep your windows closed at night and keep your bedding fresh and clean will help as well.

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